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British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, ISSN: 2231-0614,Vol.: 18, Issue.: 8

Case Report

Management of Ankylogossia by Frenectomy- A Case Report


Meghna Singh1, Ashish Saini2*, Pranav Kumar Singh2, Charu Tandon2, Snehlata Verma3 and Tanu Tewari4

1Department of Pedodontics, BBD College of Dental Sciences, Lucknow, India.

2Department of Periodontics, BBD College of Dental Sciences, Lucknow, India.

3Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, BBD College of Dental Sciences, Lucknow, India.

4Department of Conservative Denstistry and Endodontics, BBD College of Dental Sciences, Lucknow, India.

Article Information
(1) Joao Paulo Steffens, Department of Stomatology, Universidade Federal do Parana, Brazil.
(2) Emad Tawfik Mahmoud Daif, Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Cairo University, Egypt.
(3) James Anthony Giglio, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia, USA.
(4) Philippe E. Spiess, Department of Genitourinary Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, USA and Department of Urology and Department of Oncologic Sciences (Joint Appointment), College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA.
(1) Kritika Jangid, Saveetha Dental College, India.
(2) Jaspreet Singh Gill, Desh BhagatDental College & Hospital, Muktsar, Punjab. Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, Punjab, India.
(3) Vishal Mehrotra, Rama University of Health Scemces, Kanpur, India.
(4) Hamit S. Çötert, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey.
(5) Roberta Lopes de Castro Martinelli, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
(6) Henrique Furlan Pauna, University of Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil.
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Background: The tongue is an important oral structure that is responsible for speech, swallowing, positioning of the teeth, and taste. Ankyloglossia or “tongue-tie” is due to an abnormally thick and shortened lingual frenum causing difficulty in speech articulation and breast-feeding because of limited tongue movement. Management of this condition has been controversial with different specialties having opposing views regarding its clinical significance and management.

Surgical Procedure: A 17 year-old-male with ankyloglossia and a chief complaint of difficulty with underwent frenectomy under local anaesthesia using a standard surgical technique that was followed with speech therapy.

Results: One month follow up showed marked improvement in tongue movements with no signs of recurrence.

Conclusion: Early diagnosis and prompt surgical intervention generally helps the patient to avoid long-term effects of these problems. (The patient was 17 years old so there was no early diagnosis and surgical intervention as he needed speech therapy.) A better conclusion might be that early childhood treatment might avoid difficulty with speech and the need for therapy later in life.

Keywords :

Ankyloglossia; frenectomy; frenotomy; frenuloplasty; tongue-tie.

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DOI : 10.9734/BJMMR/2016/28162

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